Joshua Sturgill Sep 18, 2013

Editor's Note: Joshua Sturgill has returned to college eighteen years after trying the first time. He's blogging his way through this first semester.

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David Kern Sep 17, 2013

Yesterday we posted an article by one Mr. Andrew Kern in which the author attacks progressive education for the way it teaches children to read. He claims that "...when we teach reading, we treat the child like she is a mechanism learning a process. We do not teach it like she is a person interacting with ideas." And then this: 

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Andrew Kern Sep 16, 2013

I was watching a bit of Brannagh’s Hamlet tonight and luxuriating in the language (some of which I understood) when my dear wife asked me for my opinion: “Do you think the groundlings actually understood what was going on in those plays?”

I said I thought they did (but that's probably a subject for another blog post).

Then she asked for another opinion: Why do you think people today can’t understand it?

I must warn you, I’m about to say something that will sound caustic. You probably want to cover your children’s ears while you read this.

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Andrew Kern Sep 13, 2013
  • It’s always an exploration but never a scientific experiment
  • It's both dialectical and dogmatic, but never tyrannical
  • It feeds on tradition, but is always looking for deeper perceptions and new applications
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David Kern Sep 13, 2013

 

For the weekend crowd, this is a sampling of what we've been reading this week. 

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David M. Wright Sep 12, 2013

The Morning Watch
by Henry Vaughan

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David Kern Sep 12, 2013

This from Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh:

“The trouble with modern education is you never know how ignorant people are. With anyone over fifty you can be fairly confident what's been taught and what's been left out. But these young people have such an intelligent, knowledgeable surface, and then the crust suddenly breaks and you look down into depths of confusion you didn't know existed.” 

And this: 

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Brett McCracken Sep 9, 2013

I’ve always loved the section of George Steiner’s Real Presences where he describes the role of art as helping us get through the metaphoric “Saturday” space between the “suffering, aloneness, unutterable waste” of (Good) Friday and the “dream of liberation” and rebirth that is (Easter) Sunday. Steiner writes of this “Sabbatarian” aesthetic space:

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David Kern Sep 6, 2013

For the weekend crowd, this is a sampling of what we've been reading this week. 

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David Kern Sep 5, 2013

You know how we all have those people in our lives who are guiding lights? The folks who point us in the right direction, who provide inspiration and motivation; the folks who say "hey you, look here, this will make your life better"? 

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